Chris Paul and Dwight Howard are looking to team together as both players enter free agency this summer, according to ESPN.
The only team with enough money under the salary cap to sign both players is the Atlanta Hawks. Howard is from the Atlanta area. While he reportedly does not have a strong desire to return there, he may be willing to do so if he can be teammates with Paul.
Howard and Paul will be the stars of free agency when it begins July 1.
Paul, the Los Angeles Clippers point guard, was angry at the team for publicly suggesting that he was to blame for coach Vinny Del Negro's firing. Paul has reportedly cooled off and is happy living in Los Angeles.
The only way the Clippers could lure Howard from the Los Angeles Lakers is through a sign-and-trade deal. However, the Lakers may not be interested in working with their crosstown rivals on such a deal.
--- Denver Nuggets forward Andre Iguodala plans to opt out of his contract and become a free agent, Yahoo! Sports reported.
Iguodala is entering the final year of his deal but has until June 25 to exercise an early termination clause.
Iguodala will make $15.9 million next season if he decides not to opt out.
---Miami Heat center Chris Bosh was fined $5,000 for violating the NBA's anti-flopping rules during Game 4 of the NBA Finals, the league announced Friday.
Bosh fell to the ground after making contact with San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan with 6:07 left in the second quarter of Thursday's game.
The Heat went on to beat the Spurs 109-93 in San Antonio.
---Lionel Hollins and Brian Shaw are the leading candidates for the vacant Denver Nuggets head coaching job, according to multiple reports.
The Memphis Grizzlies recently parted ways with Hollins even though he guided them to the Western Conference finals with a 56-26 record and the No. 5 seed.
Shaw, who has been an NBA assistant coach, is regarded as an ideal fit for a young roster because of his approach.
---New Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd invited Lawrence Frank to be part of his staff.
Kidd, 40, retired as a player last week and accepted the Nets head coaching job this week. Frank coached Kidd from 2003-08 when he was the New Jersey Nets point guard a decade ago. Frank last coached the Detroit Pistons, who fired him after the regular season ended.
---Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs on ABC Thursday night received a 12.0 overnight Nielsen rating.
The rating was down from last year's 12.4 for Game 4 of the Heat-Oklahoma City Thunder series, which aired on a Tuesday night.